History’s great blues cities: New Orleans.

UPDATED 19 JULY 2017 Once described as a Mediterranean port transplanted into the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans has always been, and felt, different to the rest of America’s South. As far back as the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when Louisiana was under French and Spanish rule, slaves were allowed to congregate freely in Congo Square, in New Orleans’… Continue reading History’s great blues cities: New Orleans.

When guitars were the instruments of the devil

“Enjoying your writing, thanks!” Wes@wes_oneill, 28 January 2014, Bristol, England. The Banjo Player, 1856. William Sidney Mount. UPDATED AND REFORMATTED March 23, 2020. BLUES MUSE 51. When most people think of the earliest days of the blues, they often imagine rural African Americans playing rudimentary delta blues on acoustic guitars. But, in reality, it wasn’t… Continue reading When guitars were the instruments of the devil

The first recorded blues turns 100. So what else happened in 1914?

“Mainla shit war … better the world would have been listened to the paulmerryblues!!! Music does not harm anybody! Sergeant Six (@sergeantsix), Munich, Germany. January 8, 2014. BLUESMUSE49. Start spreading the news. The world’s first blues recording, The Memphis Blues, was laid down three times in New York 100 years ago this coming July. But… Continue reading The first recorded blues turns 100. So what else happened in 1914?